10 Great Orange County Summer Camps for Kids

best-orange-county-summer-camps-for-kidssummer is just about here, and school is out in less than three weeks…can you believe it!  i know it is sometimes hard to find things to entertain the kids with the entire summer, so if you can’t find something to do on my list of 101 things to do in Orange County, then check out these sweet Orange County summer camps. this round up are camps i have found to be fun and entertaining for kids, and also educational.

funtopia-kids-rock-climbing-ocFuntopia Kid’s Summer Camp
i’ve written about how much fun we had at Funtopia, that is why this is my number one pick for summer camps. Funtopia will be having 8 different weeks of camps for kids this summer – every week has a different theme and will be having days full of awesome things to do. this camp will be great for the kids to learn some more serious rock climbing (ie how to tie knots, how to belay, etc) as well as incorporate funtopia elements on one of the days. they will be offering full and half day options.

Ages: 6 to 14 years
Full Day: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Half day:  9:00 am to 12:30  or  12:30 to 4:00 pm
20% off for siblings and return campers, late pick-up available

click here to find more information on Funtopia summer camps

and just for Sandy Toes & Popsicles readers…the first 10 families to sign up will receive $20 off per child on summer camps by using this promo code SANDYTOES_SUMMERCAMP

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pirate-coast-paddle-summer-campPirate Coast Paddle Kid’s Camp
Kid’s Pirate Paddle Camp is a 5 day camp full of paddle boarding fun! Campers learn the basics of stand up paddle boarding, and have a blast doing it. every day is focused on teaching a new skill and has a new water activity. instructors will teach balance, control, steering and paddle etiquette, marine and water education, and water safety. the campers will get to participate in paddle races, beach challenges, water games, relays, swimming, treasure hunts, and much much more. Students will also be taught new skills and moves/tricks each day. daily agenda will be subject to daily weather and ocean conditions, and at the end of the camp, kids will be an equipped paddler with the skills and confidence needed to continue paddling all summer long. (image via Debbie Lavdas)

Ages: 7 to 12 years
Half day:  9:00 am to 12:30
10% off for siblings by using promo code “HAPPYSIBLING”

click here to find more information on Pirate Coast Paddle summer camps

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O.A.K.S. Day Camp
this nature camp is a favorite of ours, as we have been many times. if your kids love to explore and discover nature, then this summer camp is perfect. located at Oak Canyon Nature Center in Anahiem Hills, each of the fun and challenging camp sessions will develop their outdoor awareness, knowledge, and skills. not long ago, existence depended on the ability to live harmoniously with the plant and animal resources in the local environment. Hanta Yo! at O.A.K.S. Summer Day Camp, participants are introduced to Native American lifestyles through various program components. each session will focus on a special nature topic and will include trail walks, art, nature, games, and Native American traditions. (this one is priced at a bargain)

Ages: 5 to 12 years
Half day:  9:00 am to 1:00 pm

click here to find more information on O.A.K.S. Day Camps

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HB Surf School Kid’s Summer Camp
HB Surf School is designed for beginners and up, the camp will help kids improve their board riding ability, master a variety of basic and more advanced maneuvers and understand the ocean better. for those who desire to compete; competitive analysis and techniques will also be covered. surfers must be 8 or older and be comfortable in the ocean. the summer camp meets at Beach Service Center, south-side of the pier.

HB Surf Camp’s professional instructor is Bill Sharp, former competitive surfer and coach of the South African National surf Team. Equipment is available, but it is recommended that surfers practice on their own boards. Bring a towel, hat, sweatshirt, sunscreen, water and snacks. Sponsor gift packs provided and Del Taco lunch served on Friday.

Ages: 8 and up
Half day:  8:30 am to 11:30

click here to find more information on Huntington Beach Surf School summer camps

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lego-summer-campBricks 4 Kidz Summer Camps
If your kids like LEGOS, then this is the best LEGO camp around. we have done this camp twice and the kids loved it. the Bricks 4 Kidz® camp is a fresh and fun way for kids to spend their summer break, with specially-designed Bricks 4 Kidz® models, LEGO® games galore, and plenty of time for free-play, the kids are always having fun. the camps are specially designed for kids ages 5-12 and are staffed by trained, screened Bricks 4 Kidz® teachers. the Bricks 4 Kidz® are hosted all over the country through parks and rec, and school programs, so visit their website to find a camp near you. this year, there are new camps including: Mining and Crafting, Angry Birdies, Comic Creator, Bricks for God, Sport Spectacular, Movie Making, and Mindstorms Robotics.

Ages: 5-7 and 8-12 years
Times:  vary

click here to find more information on Bricks for Kidz LEGO summer camps

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Timree Paint Studio Summer Camps
painting with Timree is super fun, and kids will love learning how to paint. in each 3 day camp, kids will get to paint two canvas paintings, paint a t-shirt,  tote or apron, design stationary & jewelry, drawing lessons, uncreative crafts, play games and more. Timree Studios have two locations is Newport Beach and Tustin.

Ages: 6-12 years
Times:  10:00 am to 1:00 pm
get $40 off 2 camps, $90 off 3 camps

click here to find more information on Timree Paint Studio summer camps

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lil-chef-school-summer-campLil’ Chef School Summer Camps
chefs of all ages around the world are discovering that in Culinary Arts, cooking goes beyond making simple dishes. they are discovering the art of creating, tasting, nourishing and artistic presentation. chefs use all 5 senses to create a tasteful dish that pleases family and friends and that builds confidence and self esteem in the abilities to create recipes on their own! Lil’ Chef School provides a fun, exciting and unique atmosphere for our Lil’ chefs to come to, to develop hands on skills and techniques to be creative in a safe environment. they have something for everyone…if your child likes to bake, cook, sauté, roast, write recipes or just play with dough…there’s a class for you.

Ages: 4-7, 5-13 & 12-17
Times:  9 am to noon & 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
get 20% off each additional week

click here to find more information on Lil’ Chef School summer camps

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Discovery Science Center Summer Camps
when school ends, the science adventure will begin as kids travel beyond the classroom to explore during week-long, immersive, hands-on day camps. little scientists ages 5-10 will find themselves engaged in experiments, science challenges and outdoor activities that make them laugh, think and discover new concepts. this year’s camps are being held at the Santa Ana Zoo and San Joaquin Marsh. kids will

Ages: 5 to 10 years
Half day:  9:00 am to 12:30 pm  &  9:00 am to 2:30 pm
members receive $10 off

click here to find more information on Discovery Science Center summer camps

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Bowers Museum Archeology Summer Camps
Kidseum at the Bowers Museum will be hosting (8) week-long art camps every summer featuring visits to Bowers Museum exhibitions, hands on art projects, cooking classes, and unique archaeological digs from around the world. learn about China, Egypt, the Aztes, Mayas, Native Americans and more.

Ages: 6 to 12 years
Full day:  9:00 am to 3:00 pm

click here to find more information on Bowers Museum Archeology summer camps

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Vans & Etnies Summer Skate Camps
two of our favorite Orange County Skate Parks are offering skate camps this summer. Vans Skate Park in Orange and Etnies Skate Park in Lake Forest will offer weekly sessions for both beginners and seasoned skaters.

Ages: Vans 6 to 16 years, Etnies 4 to 17 years
times:  vary

click here to find more information on Vans Summer Skate Camps
click here to find more information on Etnies Summer Skate Camps



  1. Shannon says

    Do you have any personal experience with Bowers Museum Archeology Summer Camps.You listed here but I’m looking for the reviews by the parents whether or not it’s good,worth it etc…thnx

  2. Beatrice de Salles says

    Would like to be on your email list for fun events for the kids. Kindly,

  3. Hi everyone! I am the Youth Program Director at Sender One Climbing. I’d like to clarify that although Funtopia will be included in our Summer Camp, Rock Climbing will be the main focus throughout each week. We will also have a Zip Line, King Swing, Obstacle Course, Crafts, Slacklining, Yoga, and much much more! Please visit our website for more information or email me with any and all questions you may have. Happy Climbing!


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